Jennifer’s Love, Hate & LipSense – My MLM Experience

Elle-small[Elle:] In a latest tweet, US-blogger Jennifer of Vodka Calling introduced that she could be sharing her LipSense expertise. In fact, the Anti-MLM Coalition was joyful to oblige.

Earlier than studying Jennifer’s story, please remind your self that every one views offered on this weblog are as instructed to us by the authors, and easily replicate their very own opinions. Your individual private experiences with MLM firms could differ, negatively or positively.

Take it away, Jennifer.
[Jennifer:] Thanks, Elle. Sure, my identify is Jennifer. I stay in Seattle, Washington. I want to share my Lipsense/Senegence story with you all.

Have you learnt who Ashley Gardner is? She is a “D-Checklist” movie star (and I take advantage of that time period loosely) right here in the US. She turned “well-known” for being infertile for therefore a few years, then as a result of pregnant with quadruplets. She has two units of an identical twin little ladies and has been featured on TLC.

Ashley Gardner

That is how I first realized of Lipsense. On Fb, I’d observe her “A Miracle Unfolding” web page (about elevating her ladies). Not too lengthy after that, she started inviting her followers to her new web page “Quadruple the Kisses.” Enter LipSense.

From a enterprise standpoint, this was a genius transfer on Ashley’s half. She already had an enormous fan base. Everybody cherished her. Everybody needed to be her. It took Ashley no time in any respect to create her downline.

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Each day, she would publish software movies (three very skinny layers!) in good lighting with good music enjoying within the background. Even I bought suckered in. I’m a “younger” middle-age spouse to 1, mother to 4. This isn’t my first rodeo. I contemplate myself a wise particular person, but, I’d look ahead to these rattling software movies each day.

Ashley YouTube
Gardner Quad Squad on YouTube

This all occurred again when there was an enormous out-of-stock situation happening. At one level, there have been solely three colours readily available at any given time. I instructed myself I used to be not going to do something till the out-of-stock situation was resolved, however within the meantime, I’d purchase a colour, simply to check the waters. I messaged Ashley and her “helper” Amanda. I put in an order for a starter package. A starter package comes with one colour, a shiny gloss, and an Oops remover. All for the low worth of fifty-five US-dollars (plus tax and transport.)

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[Source:] Pintrest

Now I’ll say this. Personally, I love the LipSense line. ‘Beige Champagne’ was my chosen colour, and it was great. As a result of I cherished the rattling colour a lot, that is what bought me much more excited to turn into a distributor….solely when the out-of-stock situation was resolved.


[Source:] Pintrest

As I’m having fun with my new colour, I noticed one thing – I didn’t really want the Oops remover. The Oops remover is billed as “the one factor that can take the colour off!” Not true. The colour does keep on for a very good twelve hours, nevertheless in my case, on the finish of the day, all I needed to do was wash my face/lips and the colour got here proper off. In truth, I by no means even used my Oops remover. There was no must and had I recognized, or had somebody been trustworthy with me, I may have saved myself some cash. Proper?!

Time strikes ahead. The out-of-stock situation continues to be a problem. Throughout this time, I discovered {that a} buddy of mine simply signed as much as be a distributor. I like this lady. Melissa. Melissa was considerably of a brand new buddy, however I had a very good “vibe” from her. She was nervous and unsure about changing into a distributor. She was at all times forthcoming with me about her issues. I like that – I do effectively with honesty.

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Extra time passes. Throughout so, I’m nonetheless following Ashley’s LipSense web page, however I get aggravated. Each single image that she or her “helper” Amanda posts, is filtered….filtered to the acute. Filtered to the purpose the place the LipSense “pops” however you can’t inform the place their brow finish and their hairline begins. I really feel that the filtered photos will not be trustworthy.

Give me candid, give me actual, don’t give me a filtered image as a result of that’s pretend….and never trustworthy…..particularly if you find yourself promoting Lipsense!

Geez, do I’ve to elucidate every thing to those folks?

Ashley Gardner selfie
[Source:] Pintrest

Properly, as a result of there’s at all times some form of “technique to my insanity” I signed up as a distributor. I signed up underneath Melissa, not Ashley. I felt Ashley was not being trustworthy, whereas Melissa put all her issues on the market. Melissa and I had been on the identical enjoying discipline, studying as we go. Ashley, once more, already had an enormous fan base. I didn’t need to contribute to that.

Identical to that, I used to be now a distributor, and Melissa was my upline. Instantly after I entered my debit card data, I used to be added to all these new Fb teams. It was loads. All I needed to do was have a look at cute cat movies and make the occasional Fb publish about my youngsters, husband, cats, vodka, you realize the deal.

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My newsfeed was now flooded with extra filtered LipSense photos, movies, and memes about being a “Woman Boss.” Significantly, what the hell? All I need is the low cost.

Right here is the place issues took a good better flip. Presently, considered one of my daughters began to have seizures. Out of nowhere, with none rhyme or motive. Inside weeks she was recognized with epilepsy. Epilepsy, alongside together with her already-autism prognosis of three years. I knew I didn’t have it in me, nor did I care to have it in me, to take this LipSense significantly. I had extra vital points at hand.

As the brand new Fb teams had been selling “Entrance Loading” and the ever-popular “You’ll make your a reimbursement!” and all I needed to do was spend 5 hundred {dollars}, I used to be making an attempt to determine how I used to be going to pay for the MRI. I used to be performed. I left all of the teams and put my every thing into serving to my daughter.

[Source:] Crownless Princesses

My inbox could be stuffed (vital to notice, Melissa was by no means considered one of them) with messages from my upline:

“You might want to place an order. Simply assume how briskly you can also make cash to your daughter’s well being.”

I significantly needed to punch somebody. How dare you utilize my daughter’s well being to attempt to make a sale on an overpriced lipstick? That’s not going to occur.

Two weeks later, I nonetheless had no concept the place or how the seizures began. My daughter had gone on to have three extra seizures, in a two week interval. One thing was fallacious. One other message in my inbox:

“Be a crew participant, everybody has one thing happening, you bought this!”

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[Source:] Pintrest

Now, keep in mind to start with of this publish the place I stated I contemplate myself a wise particular person? Properly, I made a decision to play the sport:

“So right here’s the factor, in case you consider the product will promote itself, and I’ll generate income again very quickly, I’m positive you’ll have no downside fronting me the cash, proper? Then you possibly can simply take your minimize out of my fee. Sounds good to me, I’m a genius!”

I used to be instantly blocked.

Simply as I believed.

My husband and I went by way of a tough patch, not realizing what would occur with our daughter. I’m joyful to say, on the date of this publish, it has been six months “seizure free.” I used to be nonetheless a distributor, though circumstances being that they had been, I had not even put in an order for myself.

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[Source:] Pintrest

Shelly, one other buddy of Melissa and I, now signed on to be a distributor. She went in full pressure. As quickly as Shelly’s on-hand inventory got here in, she provided a ‘particular and thrilling’ sale. When you turn into a distributor, you’re inspired to make your individual personalised Fb ‘enterprise’ web page – you simply can’t use LipSense or SeneGence within the identify.

I checked out Shelly’s web page, taking a look at what colours she needed to supply. Her sale was 15% off (essentially the most any distributor can supply) and free transport. I discovered two colours that I used to be enthusiastic about. Cocoa and Nutmeg. As she was quoting me a worth over textual content message, I used to be logged in to my “Again Workplace” distributor ID. I needed to see who it could be cheaper to purchase from.

Shelly or SeneGence. Any guesses on which?

Shelly. Ordering from Shelly saved me eight {dollars}. Mission completed. Keep in mind what I stated earlier – irrespective of how a lot I like the merchandise, I refuse to pay full worth.

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[Source:] Pintrest

Life goes on. At this level, I determine I’m not going to do something with my SeneGence Distributor ID. It’s cheaper for me to purchase from Shelly. I’ll wait it out, chalk up the sixty-two {dollars} I misplaced to signal on to Senegence as a “lesson realized.” Then….then the magic occurred.

By way of scrolling on Fb, I discovered there are numerous secret SeneGence teams. These teams encompass distributors who can’t dump their inventory. So, what do they do? They promote it at a reduction.

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For instance. A twenty-five greenback of Lipsense will go for twelve {dollars} in these teams. Even with transport, you’re saving a lot cash. These distributors use these teams as their final resort. They “front-loaded” and cannot make their a reimbursement. Generally, they paid twelve {dollars} for his or her inventory. On the naked minimal, they’ll break even whereas stating they’re “Going out of Enterprise” on these teams.

Elle Twitter[Elle:] You possibly can count on to see much more details about LipSense these distributor teams cropping up, from our #TeamLipSense crew: Crimson Corvette and the Crownless Princesses. They’ve a really comparable story to inform as yours, Jennifer.

[Jennifer:] It’s unhappy, it’s unlucky. Had SeneGence been trustworthy, had they lowered their costs, had the uplines had any integrity, perhaps issues could be completely different. Possibly for as soon as, there could be a real firm who cares about their staff, however SeneGence just isn’t it.

I’ll shut with this:

LipSense is superb, sorry-not-sorry. Nevertheless, it’s not price paying ‘full worth’. Get your hands on the ex-distributor Fb teams. Purchase from somebody who bought screwed over by the corporate. Don’t purchase from somebody who already has a big fan base (vital to notice: Ashley and her husband simply constructed their very own home).

Comply with your intestine, don’t enable your self to be blindsided by filtered photos and cute movies with cool music. Most significantly, keep in mind the saying:

“Whether it is too good to be true, then it most definitely is.”

Tweet me at @VodkaCalling or go to
Elle-small[Elle:] Thanks, Jennifer, for kindly sharing your LipSense expertise. For extra data on this MLM, preserve a detailed eye on the work of our coalition members Crimson Corvette and the Crownless Princesses.


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